Frequently Asked Questions
Brine or batter drawn into the airlock happen for three reasons&58;
- Foods were not compacted, eliminating air pockets
- Too much food was packed into the Pickl-It, exceeding the capacity of the fermenting chamber
- Food + brine exceeded the maximum fill
- In the case of this dosa batter, (we didn’t capture a photo and should have!), we experimented, using 2 T of the proceeding batter which made this one VERY active. It was spurting out the top of the airlock like a chocolate desert fountain.
If you find brine (or batter) in your airlock:
- Open the Pickl-It
- Remove the airlock; rinse it out
- Push the food down with the Dunk’R, removing any air
- Remove enough brine and food, reducing the contents to the maximum fill (go ahead and eat them!)
- Place the Dunk’R on the vegetables, making sure it is covered by brine
- Reinsert the airlock
- Latch the Pickl-It closed
- Refill the airlock with 1 1/2 T of water
- Snap the airlock cover into position
- Cover the Pickl-It, moving it back into a dark corner
Overflow happens, more often in the early learning stages. Be of good cheer, that overflow indicates you have a healthy, happy, active, growing lacto-fermentation in the works!
Did you know...
The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.
—The term pickle
My soon-to-be 19-year-old son was about to get ready for bed, when he asked if he could have some dessert. I said “Yes”, and a few minutes later, he came out with a big bowl of kimchi, mixed veggies and kraut. I was so thrilled to see him wanting to eat something good instead of the icecream that “Dad” was eating! Maybe I didn’t start too late making healthy fermented foods for him!!!